Arizona State (@6.0) vs Michigan State (@1.13)

Our Prediction:

Michigan State will win

Arizona State – Michigan State Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 16:00

I think Manny Wilkins will have another big game and NKealHarry will follow up his dominant performance with more of the same, but Im just not sold on this ASU defense yet. There are factors in play that favor the Sun Devils (i.e.

Perhaps the Sun Devils offense was looking ahead to this visit to Michigan State, but head coach Herm Edwards was not impressed at all. The Sun Devils had to work a lot harder than expected last week, clinging to a 12-7 lead over Sacramento State with five minutes left in regulation before hitting a long screen pass for the game-clinching touchdown. Arizona State was outgained 131-78 in the first half by its FCS opponent and routinely shot itself in the foot with penalties and mental mistakes, failing to score a touchdown on any of its five trips into the red zone. We cant play offense on our heels, Edwards told reporters.

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TheSun Devils are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. Big Ten,6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in September and0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Sun Devils last 6 games overall. TheSpartans are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games,1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 9-1 in Spartans last 10 games overall.

Edwards views himself more as a CEO and brings an NFL structure to the Sun Devils program. He was 56-78 in eight seasons with the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs and had not coached since 2008 until Saturdays opening win. Playing to win the game: Edwards had plenty of NFL experience but never had been a college head coach until Arizona State hired him away from an ESPN analyst job in December.

The Big Tens history at Arizona State just as bad. I still like the Spartans to win. But every factor since has made me think twice. Theyrethe moreseasoned club and showed poise at key positions late last week. Before last week, I thought Michigan State might roll through the Sun Devils. This Arizona State team reminds me a little of the 1995 Spartans, Nick Sabans first group, in that it has NFL playmakers, but is flawed in critical places. Just dont bet on it. Those are dangerous teams. Perhaps Im overanalyzing check that, I know Im overanalyzing but Arizona State looked impressive last week and MSU didnt. MSUs history Out West is abysmal.


Go tell someone else that it's only dry heat. Well see if it impacts the game and how much it bothers MSUs players. Its after Labor Day and the 100-degree temperatures for an evening kickoff are nothing out of the ordinary. I dont understand why anyone would live in Phoenix. There are certain players MSU needs on the field. If cramping becomes an issue, the timing of it could be critical. Ive got to imagine for receivers and defensive backs, especially, this wont be much fun. Dry heat is just as relentless, even if less sticky.

passedfor 237 yards and four touchdowns, with 140 yards and two TDs going to WR NKeal Harry. The Sun Devils are coming off a 503-yard offensive outburst. When Arizona State has the ball: Without starting cornerback Josiah Scott, the Spartans gave up 319 passing yards and held Utah Statereceivers to four catches of more than 20 yards. DE Kenny Willekes had both of the Spartans sacks, including a critical one on the Aggies final drive, and captains LB Joe Bachie and S Khari Willis each had momentum-shifting interceptions. RB Eno Benjamin ran for 131 yards and junior college transfer Isaiah Floyd had 79 yards on the ground. QB Manny Wilkins Jr. Most of what MSU yielded was over the middle either in front of its linebackers or in the soft spot between them and the safeties.

A senior quarterback, Manny Wilkins, and a star receiver, NKeal Harry, can be a lethal combination. Bob Wojnowski: The Spartans eventually handled the heat last week, but this is real desert heat. Arizona State was supposed to be in the middle of the Pac-12, but Herm Edwards crew might have more firepower than expected.

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The Spartanspass defense was shredded for 380 yards through the air and squandered a 10-point fourth-quarter lead, losing at the gun on a 28-yard field goal. The Spartans may have Big Ten rival Northwestern on deck next week, but theres no way theyre looking past the Sun Devils. In fact, Michigan State players probably have this game circled on their calendar, looking to avenge the 16-13 loss they suffered in Arizona State last year in Week 2.

Darrell Stewart Jr. Joe Bachie leads the Michigan State Spartans with 13 tackles, Kenny Willekes has 3.5 sacks and Antjuan Simmons has one interception. Brian Lewerke is completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 506 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 179.5 yards per contest, and Elijah Collins leads the way with 209 yards on 25 carries. and Cody White have combined for 322 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Matt Dotson has five receptions. Lewerke has one or less touchdown passes in five of his last six games. The Michigan State Spartans also look for a 3-0 record with their third straight home victory. The Michigan State Spartans have won six of their last nine home games. Defensively, Michigan State is allowing 12 points and 216 yards per game.

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Pressure point: Edwards brought in defensive coordinator Danny Gonzales from San Diego State, and the Sun Devils got a spark with nine sacks from their new 3-3-5 defense that typically uses three down linemen, three linebackers and five defensive backs Structurally, its different than what weve seen so it presents a little different picture, MSU QB coach Brad Salem said.

Sure, Brian Lewerke passed for nearly 300 yards, but the Spartans could have scored at will if they continued to take advantage of the Aggies shaky secondary. On the offensive side of the ball, Michigan State needs to air it out a bit more than it did against Utah State. Arizona State doesnt exactly have an elite passing defense, so Lewerke will need a big homecoming.